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Wolrdwatch State of the World 2015

Worldwatch State of the World 2015: Hidden Threats to Sustainability

Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown, The Worldwatch Institute is an independent global environmental research organization using fact-based analysis to develop solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing the world today. The Institute’s annual State of the World report focuses on specific topics critical to social, economic and environmental sustainability. The 2015 report, Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, addresses global dangers that are…

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2015 picks up where the Millennium Development goals end. A watershed moment for sustainable development

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why 2015 is a critical year for global sustainable development. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals set in place in 2000, to be replaced with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September. In July Heads of State, government…

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American Leadership of the Arctic Council Bodes Well for Climate Action

The far north will assume a leading role in the war against climate change now that the U.S. has replaced Canada as the leader of the Arctic Council. On Friday April 24th 2015, the U.S. assumed the leadership of the international body that is charged with addressing climate change and other important issues facing the Arctic. The Council’s mandate is…

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Friends Coalition Calls for Phase Out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

The Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform — the governments of Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are calling on their counterparts to enact plans to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in the run-up to December’s Paris climate treaty summit.

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Sustainable Cities Coalition to Take Transformative Actions to Address Climate Change

Meeting in Seoul for the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the mayors of 36 major cities signed ICLEI’s new Compact of Mayors pledged to take greater action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The new compact, and the launch of ICLEI’s Transformative Actions Program, takes on added significance as governments around the world prepare for the UNFCCC’s 2015 Climate Conference in Paris.

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Costa Rica Makes Use of New Climate-Smart Agriculture Tool

Tropical forest conservation has been a hallmark of Costa Rica’s ecosystems-based development model. Now, Costa Rican farmers are making use of a new climate-smart software tool developed by the World Bank and UN FAO to enhance output as well as enhance resiliency and reduce GHG emissions and environmental degradation.

Katherine Jefferts Schori calls for climate leadership among fellow Christians

The Climate Leadership of the Most Powerful Women in the Christian World

As explained recently by Katherine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, those who deny the science of climate change are both blind and immoral. Jefferts Schori is not only a religious authority, she also has some serious scientific credentials. She holds a doctorate in oceanography and worked as a marine biologist before becoming a priest. At a…

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